CGC #1098

by CGC on November 7, 2011

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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR

                            CGC #1098

                    Monday, November 7, 2011

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                Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR,  Editor
                

    Copyright 2011, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)

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  LOS ANGELES SBE MEETING ON NOVEMBER 8 TO COVER THE
  NOVEMBER 9 EAS TEST

  At this November 8 Los Angeles area SBE meeting, Richard Rudman will 
cover 
the latest information on the national live code EAS test scheduled for 
November 9 at 11 AM PST.  You are invited to attend and you are encourged 
to 
invite other interested parties.  This is a luncheon meeting, RSVP is 
required:

  http://www.sbe47.org

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  LAST MINUTE INFO FROM KOGO(AM), THE SAN DIEGO AREA LP-1

  "KOGO is now a PEP for FEMA/EAS, and as such, sent a RWT last night from 
the 'new' PEP Sage Endec.  The RWT Protocol showed only "District of Columbia" 
as the area, since that is the FIPS code that the EAN Message on Wednesday, 
11-9-11 will contain.  Your boxes should forward the message anyway, but it 
might be smart to put the DC FIPS code in your boxes 'just in case.'

  "KOGO will air the National EAN as a Primary Entry Point (PEP).  The whole 
thing should work well.  However, just in case the EOM Tones fail to 'make the 
trip,' KOGO will IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE EAN run a RWT, from the Studio, just to 
be sure that EOM Tones go out down the line.

  "Here's hoping for a successful test."

  Bill Thompson, Chief Engineer
  KOGO, KMYI, KIOZ, KUSS, KGB
  Clear Channel Communications of San Diego
  (858) 715-3356 (office)

  Sunday, November 6, 2011

  [Editor's note:  Please watch the trade press and local EAS
  list servers for any other last minute changes for the national
  EAS test.]

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  LAST MINUTE NATIONWIDE EAS TEST INFO FOR ALL

  o  There is important new information on the November 9
  nationwide EAS test.  For instance, the test duration has
  been reduced from three minutes to approximately 30 seconds
  and there are serious concerns for deaf TV viewers (CATVs
  operators take note):
  http://tinyurl.com/NowItsA30SecTest
  http://tinyurl.com/EAS-CATV-Complications
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-11-1857A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-11-1857A2.pdf

  o  Questions and some answers on the nationwide EAS test:
  http://tinyurl.com/HarryCole-EAS-QandA
  http://tinyurl.com/MoreEAS-QuestionsYet

  o  FEMA and the FCC continue to work with stakeholders to
  help educate the public about the nationwide EAS test set for
  November 9 at 11 AM PST:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-310853A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-310853A2.pdf

  o  In a poll of about 30 members of the Fallbrook Amateur
  Radio Club on Saturday, November 5, 2011, appox. 10% had heard
  of the nationwide EAS test through traditional news channels
  and another 10% had heard about it through ham channels.  That
  means about 80% of technically savvy people were unaware of
  the test.  MUCH more on-air publicity needs to be done.

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  FCC NEWS BRIEFS

  o  Ending months of speculation, last week president
  Obama nominated Jessica Rosenworcel and Ajit Pai as FCC
  commissioners:
  http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1011/67299.html
  http://tinyurl.com/CommissionerNoms

  o  NAB, Clear Channel and others oppose the proposal by
  WYAB-FM owner Matt Wesolowski that would change the way
  commercial FM stations are moved and improved:
  http://tinyurl.com/RBRonWesolowskiProposal
  http://tinyurl.com/RWonWesolowskiProposal

  o  FCC seeks comments on allowing FM stations to use
  asymmetric HD Radio (IBOC) sideband power levels to quell
  interference to first adjacent channel stations.  This
  proceeding clearly demonstrates that IBOC stands for
  "In Band Off Channel" broadcasting:
  http://tinyurl.com/Asymmetric-IBOC
  http://tinyurl.com/AsymmetricFMHDcomments

  o  The free exercise of religion on TV has become more
  expensive with this FCC action:
  http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1011/67260.html


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                       THE MT. WILSON REPORT
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  THE MT. WILSON REPORT BY DENNIS DOTY

  It is quiet on Mt. Wilson.  No ice.  Had a little snow yesterday.  All roads 
are open except the Toll Road that is still blocked down by the city.

  Dennis Doty
  dennisd (at) ladigitalnetworks.com
  Saturday, November 5, 2011, 8:30 PM

  Sunday Night Update:  Today the roads were restricted and even closed for a 
few hours.  Winter may have finally arrived!


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                           RANDOM NOTES
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  KBRT(AM) IS SET TO MOVE OFF THE ISLAND

  It seems like KBRT, 740 kHz, Avalon, has been broadcasting
from Catalina Island forever.  Catalina of course has a commanding
view of the southern California coastline and KBRT blankets the
region with it's 10 kW daytime signal thanks to the fabulous
conductivity of salt water.  (KCBS, 740 kHz, San Francisco,
delivers such a strong skywave signal into southern California
at night that there is simply no purpose in operating KBRT much
after dark.)

  Because KBRT's lease on the island expires shortly and will
not be renewed, serious efforts have been made to relocate the
station's directional array to the mainland -- and those efforts
have just paid off in a big way.  Cris Alexander, Director of
Engineering for Crawford Broadcasting, owner of KBRT, tells
us more:

  "We just received unanimous approval of our site development
permit and use permit for the new KBRT Oak Flat site in the Santa
Ana Mountains [the old KPLS/KLAA 830 kHz site].  We went from
"You can't do that" to unanimous approval in just nine months.

  "We are now moving into the building permit phase,
devising our plans, shop drawings, WQMP, SWPPP and a host of
other alphabet soup programs that apply.  Our hope is to break
ground in early 2012."

  Because KBRT will no longer have a salt water launching pad
for its signal, 50 kW will be required at the new site where
10 kW did the job before.  That, however, is a very small price
to pay for the ability to continue broadcasting.  Cris' own
long-form story is posted here (pages 1 and 2):

  http://tinyurl.com/TheKBRTTransmitterRelocation

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  SAN DIEGO SBE MEETING

  The next San Diego SBE meeting is November 16 at noon.
The subject is "Control Glue," see:

  http://sbe36.org/


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                          HAM RADIO NOTES
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  1991 PETITION TO PROTECT CIVILIAN RADIOS FROM EMP
  DAMAGE DISMISSED

  The FCC has dismissed long-dormant petition RM-5528 filed
in 1991.  Requested by Nickolaus Leggett, N3NL and Donald J.
Schellhardt, KI4PMG, RM-5528 would in essence have required all
civilian solid state communications gear to be electronically
and mechanically shielded against damage or destruction from
the Electromagnetic Pulse ("EMP") effects of a nuclear blast.

  Amateur Radio Newsline, November 4, 2011

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  RUSSIAN ENIGMA CONTINUES

  A Russian shortwave enigma, "the buzzer" aka UVB-76, is
still as secret and mysterious as ever:

  http://www.wired.com/magazine/2011/09/ff_uvb76/


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                            OFF TOPIC
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  HIGH STANDARD OFF TOPIC MATERIAL

  o  Palindrome days are very rare.  What were you doing on
  Wednesday 11-02-2011 aka 11022011?  With the public focused
  on 11-11-11, 11-02-2011 slipped by largely unnoticed.
  http://tinyurl.com/Pal-11022011

  o  Great night photos from amateurs and professionals:
  http://www.twanight.org/newTWAN/index.asp
  http://www.dennismammana.com/

  o  The "skin gun" is a radical advance for burn victims:
  http://www.thatvideosite.com/video/the_skin_gun
  http://tinyurl.com/SkinGunTwo

  o  This 6-minute prototype video is of "more than routine
  interest" as the FCC might say.  A model train set is combined
  with video animation and the results are curiously neat:
  


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